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February 6, 2019

Brexit, Baby!

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I voted in the 2016 referendum and no, I’m not telling you which way I voted. We may no longer have such a thing as reasoned debate in our society, but I’m going to hang on to the idea of a secret ballot with my teeth if necessary. But what I really...

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December 12, 2018

On Advent Calendars, Expectation, and Alligators

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The boys usually squabble about whose turn it is to open the advent calendar; the boys usually squabble about most things. It was the turn of our youngest to open it this morning. “Oh, wow,” he said, when he had managed to rip the door open. “What...

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October 24, 2018

The Meaning of Life

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The other night I was leaning on the estate fence up above the vineyard, listening to the sound of the wind through the pines and watching the vines shake. It was warm in spite of the wind and I could feel the whole fence wobble slightly when a...

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September 12, 2018

Christians Don’t Throw Acorns (And Other Things You Should Know Before Visiting the Bruderhof)

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You will most definitely not experience any kind of retreat on a stay at the Bruderhof. There will not be hushed voices in the breakfast room with sunlight filtering through the hanging geraniums, people padding over the carpet in stocking feet. No...

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